I deeply understand the close relationship that the boom bap has had with the people in the struggle. I appreciate the knowledge of Asheru with his backpack trying to be on some very other shit. I am down with Lil Wayne, Whiz Khalifa, and Drake co-opting and taking over what was once a sport exclusively as a way for a white boy to get out of his own ghetto. But that is not here or there. I am down with Slim Jesus making fun of the madness that is Chiraq. I am perfectly fine with the fact that Future don’t say no god damn words in his songs. Its all okay. Then a Meek Mill song came on the radio as I was driving with the windows down, and the DJ on 92.3 had to pull it back and I was damn grateful he did. I regress right here, I am all about Future. That man is the Kieth Richards of the 21st century and I aint got nothing but love for his music. My point Is, that I don’t have hate for any of them. I got nothing but respect for any African American Man who has managed to survive the struggle to get to an age where none of us thought we would ever see. Its a beautiful thing to see Bhusta Rhymes turning 45, and to this day almost no one can go toe to toe with him. Its amazing that Eminem has hit 44, and blackballed that two bit machine gun Kelly for hitting on his daughter. You don’t fuck with the king. All these Rappers out here claiming that they was the greatest that ever was will be the first to give props to Em.
I follow all these beefs between entertainers who maybe was one about that life like Game getting into it with so and so, and Drake beefing with his kosher butcher, and The entire adult hip hop world wondering why Young thug is wearing little girl dresses. Drake is all looking like he done forgot all the soul parts of himself and took some Nintendo music and mixed it with some very bad dancing to create a song about a technology that doesn’t really exist any more. With the exception that something really has to be done about Stitches the Rapper. He is a God Damn Super Villain and belongs to be banished from hip hop and sent to live with the Juggalos who will accept his strange murderous snitchy son of a cop ways. Seriously, he terrifies me. Who takes on someone from 3-6 like its the thing to do? But you are gonna get hate, and it all comes from fear. People don’t hate because they are taught to hate by their parents. They are taught to hate every day in school. Its not a race thing. You take all the African American kids out of the equation and they are still taught hate in a million different ways. We come from people who wanted to instill fear in us and a respect for authority, then it all backfired and we realized that Authoritarian symbiotic relationships were never going to work out. Trickle down economics was the biggest load of bullox imaginable.
What makes me so damn confused though, is that even the crossdressing self proclaimed Alien Young Thug is just choosing to go the Prince 1984 route and I am not gonna fault a man for maybe being right that crazy clothes get you the girls. Its better than that Kirko Bangs, he kind of look like a date rapist but its probably nothing. I don’t mean to be dissing, but this is what Hip Hop has become. Gone is the voice of Tupac letting you know truths that we are only starting to understand. You don’t even care about Bob Marley’s Kids, all of whom are seeds of the prophet. Instead we focus on TI and Tiny. I will not say ill on TI, he is the god damn man. I don’t have the hate in my heart for the struggle that the industry puts you through. All this pride and poor impulse control leading to resentment when so often you have plenty. The money turn us into monsters. We gave up on even saying words. What the fuck happened with this Beautiful Cultural Dream Deferred?
I took a hate crimes class taught in my junior year of college. The class was taught by a retired FBI agent, kinda nerdy wasn’t really much of the cop type. I took this class at WVU, where there may have been five African Americans in a class of 290. Right near the front of the class I sat and week after week experienced the horrors of what hate brings to the soul of man. I learned about the boy who was dragged by a chain through the streets of East Texas, and the way the whole town tried to keep that white boy from suffering. I learned that the largest growing sector oh music is HATE music. White Supremacist Racial Holy War garbage. I learned that within Ohio alone there are over 1000 different white supremacist organizations that include pillars of their communities and a great deal of police men.
So I want to ask why. When A Strong Black man lives to see the second half of his twenties, isn’t incarcerated, is educated, has good credit and some success in the limelight you going to fall into the trap of jealousy? When for the most part none of us learned how not to live without. We don’t need no chains, we don’t need to work our ass off for a woman who is going to bleed you dry and leave you when you need her the most. We have forgotten what Ice Burg Slim taught us in his books. Somewhere along the line its gotten to the point where grown ass men are texting each other emojiis to make sure they are both wearing tight pants to the club. That slim boy aint the one you need to be hating on, black on black crime is like two men hunting unicorns. Real motherfuckers need to come together and not fall into the trap because we know damn sure the game changed so much we don’t want none of these kids living like we did. No more sacks for the little homies, give em a beat machine instead. No more running for the little homies, put a microphone in their hand and give em a stage. Music is the great redemption of all of mankind, and only the ones who brought us every great contribution to any music worth listening to the have nots need to bond over these words that point out the hilarity of just how bad it really is outside the ivory towers. The police said fuck us long before NWA said a damn thing, if it isn’t proud Black kings, its Mexicans and natives all to perpetuate hate that comes from thousands of years of actually thinking that pale skin meant shit? The Enemies are many, its time to stop beefing over stupid things and buying the toys of the enemy who tells the little poor kids that all you gotta do is be GOOD at selling drugs and then you could be Jay-Z. I love Jay-Z but I feel like he may be the worst thing to happen to a generation of entrepreneurial failures in his chosen profession. Its bad for the community, but things are changing. The Fatherless child is something I see less and less, the deadbeat dad was our parents generation thing, like eating too much acid cuz they didn’t know a good dose. I know so many strong, proud, pay their child support fathers out here? Its became shameful to be a deadbeat, and everyone I fucks with has a strong part in their children’s life.
Hip hop is no longer the underground influence on America. It is the multi conglomerated economic behemoth that dictates all aspects of society. It is a civil rights movement of its own, breaking down barriers and showing every kid who got the short end of the stick that he could express himself in a way that would channel his rage and give him something to hope for other than the way of the gun or being shipped off to another white mans war. Hip hop kept the blues in the OutKast songs singing Heyaaaa! At the White House. Don’t get discouraged that the game is fucked up and you have to be a kingpin in order to make yourself even get anyone to give a fuck about your rap game, pay to play is the only game in town any more because everyone who does it for the music you aint never heard of. So think about that next time you start some dumb shit that gets whoever yall think are on Tupac and Bigg’s level now a days.